Monday, April 18, 2011

Boys and haircuts: the good, the bad and the Bieber

I'm on a bit of a roll this week with the boy posts, but one must go with what one knows and all that. Today I took the Misters for their annual regular haircut. I use the word 'regular' in the sense of 'not very often'. I am hopeless with haircuts. Just ask my Mum. She'll tell you. She calls Mr7 Margaret Pomeranz, not due to his overwhelming knowledge of film and ability to say 'you must be joking David' in a very polite manner, but due to his fringe. Which is spectacular, it's true, and not in an intentional Justin Bieber kind of way.

Mr7 has a double crown, enormous amounts of hair and just enough curl to make things go horribly wrong on a regular basis. His teen years are not going to be easy. Mr4 has a double crown, enormous amounts of hair and no curl to speak of - his hair hangs like a sheet or sticks up like a lion's mane, there is no in between.

The right haircut makes a big difference.

Despite my instincts, which are to put a number three trimmer over the lot, we persist in our quest for The Right Haircut. The Builder, with fond memories of his own Pat Rafter locks of not so long ago, likes a bit of length. I just want something that will sit right and not result in tears in the morning due to knots (Mr7 is a wild sleeper with coarse hair, not a great combo).

My conversations with hair stylists go something like this: "Blah blah double crown, blah blah sticks up, blah blah dragged through a hedge backwards." They seem to hear only the last bit and both boys end up with haircuts that would make a hedge dweller proud. Fortunately, this look is on-trend. They can be cool, despite the fact that their mum has no idea.

So far there have been no requests for 'product', but this can only be a matter of time. Never Say Never, and all that...

In the meantime, I'm off to study whatever it is that I need to study to get an idea of what to do with boys' hair before their next haircut (next school holidays, in case you were wondering). Anyone got any ideas or inspiration?

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  1. Al, I am no good to you at all. Charlie too has a double crown (from his father) and cow licks (from me). His hair is thick and grows at a speed of light. (Also like mine.)

    So he gets a #2 once a fortnight in the back garden. From his father.


    (In comparison to my two girls and their hair issues (long, wavy & tangled) he is easy. Easy.)

  2. My older son has just started to 'style' his hair using product occasionally. Prior to this, I wasn't even sure that he realised that he had hair. It certainly only got brushed when he visited the hairdresser every 6 weeks.

    My daughter has straight, waist-length hair. I have no hair-styling abilities to speak of. My poor daughter has had to learn how to do her own hair if she wants anything other than a ponytail or plait. Sometimes, if I'm in a good mood I can be convinced to try for two plaits. If I'm delusional, I will attempt a braid.

    Younger son has dead straight hair. It sits perfectly flat. Always. I have convinced him that this is how he wants it. :-)

    Good luck with your hair woes.

  3. When Josh was born his hair looked as if he had blonde tips put in... He was beautiful!! During his toddler/kindy years the "bowl" cut was the fashion... Then in late primary school he discovered product & would spend ages getting ready.... But he was always perfectly groomed.... Until year 9... The year he refused to get his hair cut but did "go blonde ".. I still shudder when I see that years school photo... But then he came back... My perfectly groomed son just in time for his year 10 formal !! I thought it couldn't be bad again.... I was wrong... He spent the Christmas between yes 11 & 12 in a kitchen.... He came home with a no.1. :-(. how I wish I cld have those blonde tips back again !!!!

  4. Sorry love, no little boys-no idea. Don't even know what a double crown is. I do sometimes day dream in school assembly about how I'd style a boy if I had one of my own. in the end I always come to the conclusion that I'd give him a number 2 like his Dad's.
    But golly gee why my girlies love that Bieber is beyond me.

  5. My ten year has the nervous habit of twirling her hair into outrageously clumping knots. At present she is growing out a tuft after a particularly tenacious clump had to be cut out. I have no advice to offer but invest in great hats.

  6. I bet they look gorgeous! Bummed I won't see them at Easter :( We are on a similar hair-cut schedule. The whole gang goes to the local barber each school holidays (even The Minx much to my s-i-l's horror!). They go okay except for the cowlicks and crazy hairlines (all from the Geege). I just go the short option, except with Dew Drop who is channelling his inner hippy :-)

  7. Daughter has a part on the left side of her head. Its thick with wispy bits and a tuft that has until recently stuck straight up (thanks to her darling little self and a pair of scissors).
    Son gets a buzz cut courtesy of the clippers when it's needed. His head starts resembling a toilet brush when it gets long.
    Other son is yet to have his first haircut. He has a high forehead so I think he is going to need a bit of length.
    The sweating will be a problem though I think.

    @ MM lol, inner hippy - his curls are gorgeous!

  8. Farmboy's last haircut made him look a bit like a mini Shane Warne. This time he has told me he wants to look like Justin Bieber....

  9. Mr11 has put us through the hair wringer. He submitted to a haircut when he was 3 - which he would accept only if was allowed to remain seated on his tricycle. And that was about it. Ever since it has been ever increasingly long locks. Which was a complete nightmare until about 2 years ago. When he became vain and discovered product. Now he washes his hair EVERY day, loves product and still refuses to have it cut - aside from an annual from me.
    I have 2 more boys and they are on a similar haircut schedule to yours - quarterly if I can manage it.

  10. I'm no help to you. I don't really even know what a double crown is. The only thing I manage to do is show up with my big boys every 2 months to the hairdressers, I shrug my shoulders, mumble something about a trim and hope for the best.
    To be fair, I am just as hopeless with my own hair. I guess it's lucky I don't have daughters.

  11. Double crown here on both my boys too. We're still at the "number 3 all over" stage with them. This is always done by Husband. I hadn't been thoughtful enough to actually take them to a "proper hairdresser" yet! MOTY here I'm telling you ;)

  12. LOL. I am a school holiday haircut scheduler too! Actually Miss almost 3 has been walking into walls lately I think due to the fact she can't see out from behind her fringe. OMG it is school holidays again!

  13. HAHAAHAHA 'the good, the bad and the Bieber'... HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA... sorry, I haven't even read your post yet. x

  14. HAHAHAAHAAHA... Margaret Pomeranz... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Sorry, can't help you. You've seen Max's head. x

  15. he he he i just take the mini man in for a short back and sides spikey on the top... we may not be up with the latest do but i like his hair neat, we'll wrestle over the straighner when he's older i bet.

  16. I am not a fan of LONG locks on boys. And by long i mean you need to tie into a ponytail.
    I am also not a fan of shaved heads on little kids. I don't much care for it on Mr Black and there is no way one of my kids will don the shaved head look until they absolutely must because their hair has fallen out, or well, they are old enough to really fight me on it.

    Otherwise i am open.
    Bluey has his own 'do that it's just been like that since birth. Something we can style with a little gel if need be, but is mostly left as is and ready to go. No brushing required.
    Greenie also fell into his do. It was just how he came out actually. His do never needs product but does require a quick brush at least once a week, and can mostly be styled by my hands.

    My advice? Find something simple. You don't want something that needs product every day, and you don't want to have to sit and brush thier locks every evening and every morning. But you want something that they can make look ridiculously handsome too. A good hairdresser will understand that kids need something both practical but doesn't leave them looking like a 77year old.

  17. In our house: kids are allowed to do what they want from the age of 10 - boys don't have much other choices to make a bit of a fashion statement. Mr. now 12 grew it longer than mine and had it in a ponytail all through year 5+6 in primary. Got teased a fair bit but didn't bother him.Mr.10 is growing it at the moment, looks shocking and I don't think he will cope well with any bullying.Mr.8 is waiting to turn 10.

  18. i had a good giggle while reading this, particularly the Margaret whatsername comment...this paints a clear image to me!

    M1 has curly crazy hair that rarely sees a hairdresser - all sorts of bribery are usually involved with the topic of haircuts in this house

    And M2 is bald (has not grown hair yet - not because of a visit to the clippers) so not an issue at the moment

    And everywhere I go today there seems to be a comment about Beiber?? That boy and his fringe are going to take over the world!

    Gill xo

  19. which just goes to show what a good haircut can do for you, i guess...

  20. The 9yo and 4yo get their hair short, short, short. A teeny bit of length on top if spiking is required. (You never know.)

    The 7yo, however, has the cool haircut. It just suits him better to have slight more length. Just down over his years, a little length at the back (NOT a mullet though - more kind of surfy/skater boy). It's his hair I fret over the most, because if the guy cutting it gets it wrong...terrible.

    But, as always, there's always a week before a haircut really sets in, right? *crosses fingers*

  21. Find an old fashioned barber if possible they line up with the older blokes, learn to ask for a haircut themselves and by the time they're teenagers they know what they want and know how to get it. Once my now 33 year old looked in the photo album and thought I had neglected him 'cos he had long hair..haha!

  22. Older son has a double crown and a cowlick, but near straight hair, so it settled well and looked good. Grandson inherited the double crowns and cowlick. Son and grandson now have a no.2 cut.
    Younger son has super curly (ringlets) hair, so it was shortish until puberty hit when it thickened to bear skin rug thickness. He took matters into his own hands and shaved his head at 13.

  23. Oh dear lord, I have my fair share of mother guilt as a result of my eldest boy's hair cut. I try to be stylish, not give him a 'bowl cut'... but what does it invariably turn out like? A bowl cut. I'm yet to take him to a real hairdresser, because he's only 3 and his hair grows like wildfire, always has. I fear my second boy may be heading down the same path, with his mop of silky soft, super straight hair. I vow to sort them out with proper haircuts before they start school. Sorry I can't be of much assistance Allison :o)

  24. Ugh, don't get me started. Double crowns here too on both my lads. One with too much hair, now wirey and straight while the other is fine and curly.

    And a husband with long curls who won't have short haired boys.

    It's my worst nightmare I tell you. xx


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